Articles of the Day 9/22/14: Bending The Church
“Arab stone throwers attacked a bus full of Jewish school children near Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday morning, causing damage but no physical injuries.”
Can peace really be achieved with a people that attacks a bus load of children? This is really a war crime but you won’t hear the UN condemn it. The hearts of these children will remember this attack forever.
“The Turkish government pulled off a remarkable rescue on Saturday of 49 hostages captured by Islamic State militants, with reports that they had been freed despite no ransom being paid, no special forces being involved and not a shot being fired – leaving many observers wondering how their freedom was secured.”
They cut a deal and the deal was that Turkey would not join the anti-ISIS coalition.
“Not only will Ankara take no military action, it will also forbid the U.S. from using a critical U.S. air base in southern Turkey to conduct strikes against the jihadist terrorists, the Turks told Messrs. Kerry and Hagel.
Earlier during the week, Turkey also abstained from signing a communiqué which Arab nations penned, seeking stronger action against ISIS.
Some call Turkey “a U.S. frenemy,” others refer to it as “NATO’s Qatar.” Unsurprisingly, on Sept. 9 the U.S. Congress delivered its staunchest warning to date that Turkey and Qatar could face financial and other penalties if they continue to support Hamas and other U.S.-designated terrorist organizations.”
I think we will find out Turkey and Qatar are very much behind IS.
“The fabulously wealthy Gulf state, which owns an array of London landmarks and claims to be one of our best friends in the Middle East, is a prime sponsor of violent Islamists.”
“At least 23 fighters from the extremist al-Nusra Front reported killed in first-of-its-kind assault near Arsal.”
The IDF should pay attention to this. Local air defense is not something the IDF is overly concerned about.
“Mohammed Afif, the new head of public relations for the Lebanese-based Iranian-backed terror organization Hezbollah, gave a rare New York Times interview as Lebanese experts reveal his group is indirectly receiving American intelligence aid in its fight against Islamic State (ISIS). Following ISIS’s temporary conquest of Arsal last month on the Lebanese side of the Syrian border, the US sent new weapons to the Lebanese army, which coordinates with Hezbollah. Likewise, US intelligence has found its way to Hezbollah according to Lebanese experts. That leaked intelligence may explain some recent impressive achievements against ISIS, including the first known Hezbollah drone strike.”
“According to a recent interview, Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran’s uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters.”
Is the Obama Administration naive enough to fall for this? Yes I believe so.
“The Syrian military has launched an aerial and ground offensive against Adra, a town 12 miles north of Damascus that was captured by insurgents last December.”
“Piles of cash estimated to be worth millions, says unidentified man in video.”
“The source told the Daily Caller that Conway’s major concern was that the U.S. did not have a force on the ground in Syria it could rely on, like the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq. Though the Obama administration believes it can support what it says are moderate rebel forces in Syria to aid in the fight against ISIS, many critics warn that there may be no truly moderate force in the country of any significant strength. Obama’s strategy has also come under fire in recent days for preemptively taking off the table the possibility of using American combat troops to achieve the mission.”
“Specifically, if this threat to our nation is determined to be as significant as I believe it is, we may not wish to reassure our enemies in advance that they will not see American ‘boots on the ground,’” he added. “If a brigade of our paratroopers or a battalion landing team of our Marines would strengthen our allies at a key juncture and create havoc/humiliation for our adversaries, then we should do what is necessary with our forces that exist for that very purpose.”
“Kurdish fighters have issued an urgent call to arms amid warnings of an impending massacre by the Islamic State terrorist group in northern Syria.”
“Egypt’s President says Cairo would do “whatever is required” to help the U.S.-led coalition against the “Islamic State”.”
Other then Israel and the Kurds, Egypt is probably the only reliable ally against IS. Seems like some kind of useful strategy could be crafted using these three. Unfortunately, Obama has no credibility with all three.
“Islamic State called on insurgents in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings, an announcement likely to deepen concerns over ties between the militant groups.”
“(Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Colonel General Sedki Sobhy on Saturday to confirm the United States plans to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support Cairo’s counter-terrorism efforts, the Pentagon said.”
“Interfaith religion. Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Religions of the world getting along, living in peace, side by side. Worshiping together in harmony. Wrong!!!
There is a very large movement in the world today, aiming to unite all of the religions of the world. Think I’m just making this up, just google “interfaith religion”. Other terms used are “pluralism” and “ecumenical”. These are red flags all pointing to the formation of a One World Religion!”
I have to say I have seeing alot of signs of this over the past week. It has me really worried that so many will be fooled by this effort. Please beware of these attempts to merge religions. Jesus said:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
It does not get more clear then that. Those, like the Pope, that try to tell you all the religions lead to the same God are preaching falsely. Mixed prayer, incorporating pagan ritual, acceptance of homosexuality, etc is an attempt to degrade the true Church. Beware of Emergent and/or Catholic churches they are leading thousands astray to the wide gate.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13
Remember your church should not bend to culture. Culture should bend to God’s word in the Bible. Beware of those who stand on the pulpit without a bible! And those that use a Bible ask yourself what are they teaching. Is sin, judgement, salvation, prophecy, repentance a matter of discourse or is it just feel good guides to living, tolerance, political, and more focused on acceptance?
“Q. I love your site! I understand all the coming judgments, such as the Bema Seat, Great White Throne etc. But I cannot seem to find how the Tribulation Saints, the saints that are martyred in the last 3 1/2 years, are judged? Or are they? Thank you for your help.
A. From my understanding, the Bible doesn’t mention any additional judgment, positive or negative, for the Tribulation Martyrs. I guess the Lord feels that sacrificing their lives for their faith is enough. Rev. 20:4 says they will be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming and will reign with Christ for one thousand years. Since they are called priests (Rev. 20:6) but not kings, I assume they will serve in some kind of a subordinate role to the Church, similar to the earlier martyrs of Rev. 7:9-17 who will serve the Lord day and night in His temple but are never called kings or priests. Only the church is described as being both kings and priests (Rev. 1:6, 5:10).”
“Q. What can I say to a friend who uses the persecution of the early Church to deny the pre-trib rapture? Looking at the way they suffered he can’t understand how we can expect to escape?
A. Rapture passages all point exclusively to the end times. The fact that the early Church suffered terribly is beyond question, but they were never promised otherwise. Speaking to the church in Smyrna, who suffered during that time, Jesus said, “Be faithful even to the point of death and I will give you life” (Rev. 2:10).
But where the Church at the end of the age is concerned He said, “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth” (Rev. 3:10). Excluding the Great Flood, the only judgment from God that will involve the whole world full of people living on the earth is His wrath at the end of the age. Paul said Jesus will rescue us from the coming wrath (1 Thes. 1:10) because we are not appointed to suffer wrath (1 Thes 5:9). Both these verses appear in the context of the end times. And in both of them he used the same Greek word for wrath as John used twice in Rev. 6:16-17, indicating the coming wrath will begin with the Seal judgments.“God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him!” (Romans 5:8-9).”
“Q. We know that God has not already raptured the Church because of His long suffering, giving every human a chance to trust His plan of salvation. Do you think He will come back at a time when every person that will make a decision for Him will have done so, or will there be those who might have trusted Him at a later date, but be lost because He came back? Or do you think it is simply a number thing, when the full number of Gentiles has come in?
A. I believe Romans 11:25 tells us the Church has a specific number and when that number is reached the rapture will come. But that doesn’t mean there will be no more people saved. Rev. 7:9 speaks of a number too large to count from all over the world who will become believers and be martyred for their faith during the seal judgments of Rev. 6.
Rev. 20:4 tells us of another group of martyrs who will die for refusing to take the Mark of the beast during the Great Tribulation and will be resurrected at the time of the 2nd Coming. Neither of these groups will be part of the Church, but they’ll be saved just the same. Scholars call them Tribulation believers or Tribulation saints. In Matt. 24:30 we learn that all the nations of Earth will mourn when they see the sign of the Son of Man in the sky following the end of the Great Tribulation. I think they’ll mourn because they’ll finally realize that what they’ve been told about salvation is true and it’s too late for them.So all through the last seven years people will be getting saved, right up to the time they see the Lord coming in the clouds. Following that time no one can be saved until after the 2nd Coming judgments have taken place (Matt. 24:30-Matt. 25:46) and the counter is reset for the Millennium.”